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Engineering in History (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Engineering in History (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)

Engineering in History (Dover Civil and Mechanical Engineering)
By Richard Shelton Kirby

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Book Description

With a minimum of technical detail, and in highly readable style, this book presents a fascinating overview of the development of engineering I Western civilization, from its origins to the twentieth century. The book is organized around the authors' division into eight primary events:
Food-producing revolution (6000–3000 B. C.)
Appearance of urban society (3000–2000 B. C.)
Birth of Greek science (600–300 B. C.)
Revolution in power (Middle Ages)
Rise of modern science (seventeenth century)
Steam and the Industrial Revolution (eighteenth century)
Electricity and the beginnings of applied science (nineteenth century)
Age of automatic control (twentieth century)
Not an exhaustive history, this book focuses on those achievements whose impact on civilization, in the authors' view, has been most significant. In the case of specific inventions, machinery or other man-made creations, the book offers a comprehensive, detailed description, including an overall perspective, an analysis of component parts and their interrelationships, a presentation of essential dimensions, and techniques of construction or assembly. Implied throughout the text is the idea of technology as a creative near-artistic that plays a role in what Cassirer has called "the process of man's progressive self-liberation." The book concludes with a well-balanced essay on the impact of engineering on society, in which the authors argue that technology must be subservient to ethical and aesthetic values.
Enhanced by 181 illustrations, Engineering in History is a superb blend of history and applied science that will interest not only engineers and students of technology, but any reader curious about the epochal strides man has made toward understanding, adapting to and learning to utilize his physical environment.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #571390 in Books
  • Published on: 1990-08-01
  • Released on: 1990-08-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.58" h x 1.05" w x 5.36" l, 1.19 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 544 pages

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
3Not what I expect from a textbook
By Kindle Customer
This book covers the material it says it will cover, but I wouldn't say it does it well. This is written in flowery language that is inappropriate for a textbook. It's hard to follow the ideas when I'm distracted by the strange way the sentences flow in this book. Although the author is knowledgeable on the topic, I wouldn't choose this book to learn about engineering in history.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5A must read for engineers!
By Guilherme Silva Arroz
Very interesting book on the history of engineering and, perhaps more interesting, of the relationship of engineering with the historic evolution of mankind.
The fact that it does not study engineering in the last two thirds of the xxth century, which one could envisage as negative is the oportunity to address more on engineering in times where the term engineer did not exist.
Very interesting the idea that the Middle Age has not been the dull gray time of waiting for renaissance but, at least for engineering, a time of very significative development and active inovation.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4A good read
By Nicholas G.
Worth the read. Many historical aspects/facts.

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